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Is this program accredited?

Augsburg University is currently APA-accredited on contingency for non-teachout, non-Argosy University students in the Clinical Psychology PsyD program, effective December 8, 2021. The Program is accredited, on contingency, through the following date: December 8, 2026. Contact Wendy Assal to learn more.  Questions related to the program’s accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation: Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation American Psychological Association, 750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002, Phone: (202) 336-5979 / E-mail: / Web:


What is your acceptance rate?

We look for the “right fit” in applicants; therefore, do not have consistent acceptance rates.  The Admissions Committee takes a holistic approach to reviewing applications, looking at each in its entirety.


What is a typical cohort size?

We typically have a cohort size in the low 20s.  Regarding the size of academic courses, we try to keep 8-12 students; however, some courses may be as low as 6 and some may be as high as 20.


Are students able to work while pursuing the program?

The clinical PsyD program is a full-time program. The faculty suggest that students limit outside work.  Most first and second year students do not work outside of the program at all.


Do you accept transfer of credits?

We do accept up to 30 credit hours (10 courses) from previous graduate level courses. For further information, please review Augsburg Academic Catalog.


Do students need to complete a dissertation?

Students develop a Clinical Research Project (CRP) as a requirement for graduation.  The CRP is intended to be a scholarly work that provides students an opportunity to deepen their knowledge and thought about a particular clinical area; to demonstrate the ability to analyze methodological issues; and to produce an original piece of scholarly work in the field of clinical psychology.


Do students have a faculty mentor?

Yes, all students can request a Clinical Faculty Advisor who they will study under for the duration of the program.


Are there Teaching or Research Assistantships available to students?

The program does have teaching assistantships available to students after they complete the first year of the program. Teaching assistantships are granted on a course-by-course basis, and students may apply for more than one during their time in the program. Unlike traditional Ph.D. programs, we do not offer formal Research Assistantships.


Can I speak with a current or former student?

If you would like to be connected to a current or former student, please contact the Associate Director of Graduate and Degree Completion Wendy Assal at or call 612-330-1210.


Are international students eligible for CPT/OPT?

In certain instances, Augsburg University will allow international graduate students to seek CPT opportunities during their first and second semester of their program to further the academic objectives of the degree.  To authorize CPT during the two first semesters, a recommendation from the academic/faculty advisor will be required, including a written approval confirming that the CPT opportunity will deepen the students’ learning outcomes, and that the experience will be an integral part of the established curriculum.  The students’ readiness and eligibility will be determined by the faculty/academic advisor and the PDSO at Augsburg University, and will depend on the graduate program.  For students not eligible (for first and second semester CPT), CPT can be authorized after the completion of the second semester.  More information can be found on the International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) website.